The Role of Ultrasonic Sensors in Flood Monitoring Systems

town floodNatural disasters can happen anywhere in the world, and, in recent years, they have occurred with greater frequency. One of the most common types of natural disasters is floods. Due to the devastation, they can reign on a community, region, or, in the event of large-scale flooding, country, it is important to be properly prepared to handle them before they occur. That’s why many environmentally focused organizations and groups have invested in flood detection systems that implement ultrasonic sensors.

What Are the Primary Causes of Floods?

Flooding can occur for a number of reasons in both coastal and non-coastal areas. Some of the most prevalent causes are:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Storm surge
  • Snow and ice melt runoff
  • Breaking/broken dams and levees

What Kind of Damage Can Floods Cause?

Floods can have a variety of consequences depending on where they strike, how long they last, how much water is involved, what preparations were made beforehand, and many other factors. The most extreme negative consequence that can happen is the loss of human life. However, floods can also cause the following:

  • Property damage
  • Crop destruction
  • Livestock death
  • Infrastructure damage/destruction

All of the above can have a significant social and economic impact on both individuals and communities. Additionally, they can cause severe environmental repercussions (e.g., habitat destruction and ground/groundwater contamination).

The Role of Ultrasonic Sensors in Flood

How Can Ultrasonic Sensors Help With Flood Preparedness?

Oracle Team USA flies on the Senix ToughSonic 14The key to minimizing or mitigating flood damage is being prepared. Flood monitoring and warning systems are essential to this strategy as they collect data about flood-prone areas and provide predictions on when, where, and how a flood may strike. This information helps response personnel establish a more effective preparation plan.

Ultrasonic sensors are a vital component of modern flood detection and alert systems. As they utilize high-frequency (ultrasonic) soundwaves to calculate the distance to a remote object without physically touching it, they can be used to create systems that reliably determine wave height and water levels at much lower installation and maintenance costs.

The ultrasonic sensors at Senix find use in flood monitoring and forecast systems around the world, from Virginia to Vietnam to Australia. The ToughSonic sensor line features waterproof construction with an IP68 rating, and offers reliable performance even in the face of the toughest weather conditions or passing waves. The data the sensors collect can be transmitted wirelessly to a centralized data management system using AirWire LoRa (the Senix solution for wireless sensor monitoring) or another similar software solution. This makes them ideal for use in smart cities looking to establish or upgrade their disaster preparedness plans.

Contact the Ultrasonic Sensor Experts at Senix Today

While floods can cause significant damage, destruction, and devastation, it is possible to mitigate these consequences by being prepared. Monitoring and collecting data about water levels in flood-prone areas can help the necessary parties prepare for and, potentially, prevent floods and flood-related problems. Ultrasonic sensors play a vital role in the systems used for these purposes, which makes them important to flood preparedness.

Need ultrasonic sensors for your flood monitoring and alert system? Turn to the experts at Senix. Our ToughSonic sensors have a proven track record in flood monitoring and forecast systems across the globe. For more information on our ultrasonic sensorscontact us today.